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    CFL Week 2 Predictions

    CFL Week 2 Predictions

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    The CFL schedule makers definitely wanted to capitalize on a thrilling 2016 Grey Cup OT game between Ottawa and Calgary by putting them against one another to open up 2017. Well, those same schedule makers couldn't be happier with how the rematch turned out as it was yet another thrilling contest that went undecided after an extra frame. Not ones to rest on their laurels, the schedule makers gave us the return match right away here in Week 2 and there is no doubt that it will be the most bet game on the board. 

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    Admittedly, Week 1's free betting picks didn't go as hoped as the Stampeders were plagued by another slow start in Ottawa, Montreal squeaked out a 1-point win on a last-second missed FG, and Hamilton failed to show up in the first instalment of the Battle of Ontario in 2017.

    Taking the ML at -305 on Montreal proved to be the better play as the point spread was definitely inflated there and while a win is a win, you aren't going to see me laying that type of ML juice on any game for a long time. It's simply not worth the risk in terms of units won/lost and it was mere yards away from making Week 1 disastrous. 

    Canadian Football League Picks Week 2

    Week 2 should be much better as we've actually got a week's worth of games under our belt to analyze and give us a better idea of what to expect from these clubs. The four-game slate has a couple of very tight spreads mixed in with a couple of big home favorites.

    There are betting selections that I like in all four contests, but it's the Thursday and Friday games between teams we've already seen that have grabbed my attention. Winnipeg gets their 2017 campaign going on Saturday in Saskatchewan, and although the Blue Bombers are small home favorites, I believe it's got to be Saskatchewan ML or nothing in that one. So with that out of the way, let's get right to the best bets for Week 2 of the 2017 CFL season. 

    This total has seen plenty of action so far as it opened at 58.5, got bet up as high as 63.5 and has seen a steady influx of action on the low side since then. It would have been nice to get 'under' 63.5 in this one, but while betting into bad numbers isn't a practice I'd suggest often, this rematch game between these two teams is going to be dominated by the defences. Don't be surprised to see this total climb a bit higher as kick-off gets nearer, but we shouldn't see more than 50 points scored this time around.

    The new-look Toronto Argos caught everyone's attention with their dominant Week 1 win as QB Ricky Ray threw for over 500 yards. BC isn't exactly known for their defence so the passing yards could still be there for Ray and the Argos, but they are still a team that entered 2017 with the worst odds to win it all. Compare that to BC being the 2nd favorites behind Calgary, and now just a week later we've got the Argos laying points here at home.

    I just don't see it, as the situation sets up well for a let-down from Toronto's side and a bounce back performance from BC. The Lions are the better and deeper team from top to bottom and while last week's loss at home in the final minute to Edmonton was heart-breaking, this is a squad that won't let it get to them and should win this game outright. 

    Speaking of those Edmonton Eskimos, they get their home opener this week with Montreal in town and are laying way too many points in a spot like this. Last week was a great win in a West rivalry game, but they didn't look like a team that should be laying a TD-plus seven days later. Montreal didn't look great themselves at home, but now that the nerves are gone for QB Darian Durant after facing his old team, I expect a much better peformance from start to finish from him. 

    Montreal has all the weapons in the passing game to keep this game much closer than a point spread like this suggests. An outright Alouettes victory isn't out of the question here either with the Eskimos heading towards their bye week - 2017 CFL teams before a bye are already 0-1 with Hamilton's ugly Week 1 performance - but I'd rather be safe here and take the points. 

    The final game pits the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as 1-point road favorites against Saskatchewan. Not knowing what to fully expect from Winnipeg left them off the main card this week, but I don't know how you can't like a Saskatchewan team that showed plenty of good things a week ago and are opening up a new stadium here. The home crowd, which is already one of the best in the league, will be crazy from the get-go in their new digs, and if the Bombers aren't careful, they could get run out of the year in a hurry.  

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